The Oklahoma Softball team just got a big boost this postseason.
The NCAA has officially lifted seating capacity limits, effective May 20, the NCAA announced in a press release.
“Beginning May 20, local public health authorities will determine fan capacities at championship events,” the release stated. “The NCAA will not set a predetermined limit.
The release went on to state that masks and physical distancing will not be mandated by the NCAA, and those determinations would also be deferred to the guidance of local public health authorities.
“The effectiveness and prevalence of vaccinations in out country have allowed the Medical Advisory Group to provide this guidance that has tremendous impact on student-athletes, coaches and fans attending the NCAA Championships,” NCAA Chief Medial Officer Brian Hainline said in the release. “It’s still important for anyone attending championships to remember common sense measure like hand washing, hand sanitization and proper etiquette when coughing or sneezing.”
The change in protocol is in line with new health and safety guidelines announce by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the release said.
On the heels of the NCAA’s announcement, the University of Oklahoma has expanded capacity to this weekend’s regional to 100 percent, with additional tickets going on sale at 10 a.m. on May 20.
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